BAILEY PEACOCK-FARRELL said he would push for another “opportunity to impress” next season after resolving his future by signing a new two-year contract with Leeds United.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper ended talk of a possible departure from Elland Road by finalising negotiations and putting pen to paper today.
Leeds offered Peacock-Farrell improved terms before the end of the recent Championship term, proposing to tie him down to 2018 on the back of his first-team breakthrough, but an agreement was delayed amid protracted discussions about coaching appointments and Peacock-Farrell’s role next season.
The two sides struck a deal during a meeting at Elland Road yesterday and Peacock-Farrell - originally recruited as a scholar by Leeds after his release from Middlesbrough in 2013 - insisted his desire to stay was “never in doubt”.
“It’s a massive club and it’s a great privilege to be a part of it moving forward,” he told United’s official website.
“I was never in doubt about where I wanted to be or where my future lies. It was just about getting the final pieces sorted.
It’s a massive club and it’s a great privilege to be a part of it moving forward.Bailey Peacock-Farrell after securing a new deal at Elland Road.
“I had a great season and hopefully I can build on that and keep making steps forward under the new manager.
“Being with the first-team not only for training but also for travelling and being a part of it has been a great experience. All you can ask for is the opportunity to impress. If I get that then hopefully I’ll be able to take it. I feel ready.”
New United head coach Garry Monk met with Peacock-Farrell at Elland Road yesterday as talks about the youngster’s future went on.
Peacock-Farrell’s advisors had previously asked for assurances about who Leeds planned to appoint as head coach, at a time when Steve Evans was reaching the end of his time in the role.
Monk, who replaced Evans last week, is expected to recruit a new goalkeeping coach to succeed the departed Richard Hartis, someone who worked closely with Peacock-Farrell during the 2015-16 season.
Peacock-Farrell broke into the first-team squad last November after Leeds lost Ross Turnbull to a broken ankle and saw American Charlie Horton sever his contract and return to the USA for family reasons.
Evans used Peacock-Farrell as understudy to Marco Silvestri throughout the second half of the campaign and handed him his full debut in a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers in April.
Peacock-Farrell admitted that he was impressed by the appointment of former Swansea City manager Monk, saying: “He’s a big name. He’ll bring his own views and takes on progressing the team and taking steps forward. It’ll be great to be a part of it.
“It was a nice touch for him to come down and take the time out to come and say hello. It’s great to have that.”
Left-sided player Tom Pearce, centre-back Jack Vann and right-back Michael Taylor have all signed their first professional deals with Leeds.
The three 18-year-old academy products accepted 12-month contracts having received offers when United published their retained list last month.